National Weather Service in search of local snowfall contacts
By Emily Bialkowski
The National Weather Service (NWS) Office in La Crosse, Wis. is seeking contacts for reporting snowfall this winter.
Todd Shea, warning coordination meteorologist, said the weather service specifically needs people who live in small towns or rural areas that would be willing to be called when two or more inches of snow has fallen.
“We have about six volunteers in Houston County – a few around La Crescent, Caledonia, Reno and Spring Grove – but we need more,” Shea said.
The NWS relies on actual snowfall reports from volunteers to keep track of winter storms and keep the media informed of snowfall totals. This information supplements other sources of information, such as radar and snowfall totals from sheriff’s departments, road crews and local airports.
Shea said no special equipment is needed for those interested in helping, and training is minimal. “Volunteers will receive a few guidelines on where to measure snow and how to report to us,” he said.
Volunteers can call in their reports to the NWS, or the NWS will call when updates are needed.
Reports can be submitted via the Internet as well at www.crh.noaa.gov/arx/scripts/send_arx.php.
Interested individuals are encouraged to send an email to Shea at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your address and a telephone number.
“The NWS will contact those individuals for future collaboration if your location is an area we still need information from. There are some areas we already have adequate coverage for,” Shea said.
For more information vist the weather service homepage at http://weather.gov/lacrosse.